As a Storyteller, when new shit comes to light you have to stop the presses, re-work, re-edit, and make it right.
So, here’s the deal, a few days before the air date of the final episode of “Mini and Dane” on EpicTV, the series ender involved a quote where Dane basically says that he’s going to keep adding new videos to Marine Layer Productions.
Then I get an email from Producer Jamie Tierney at Victor Charlie Productions saying that Dane wants that quote deleted. In fact, he doesn’t really want to do Marine Layer anymore.
At this point, we’ve pulled so much content out of episode 3 on Dane’s request that if we keep pulling from it, there’ll be nothing left. So I said, “Great! If he wasn’t to kill Marine Layer, tell him to record it on his phone and send me something to replace it with.”
Within a few minutes I get an audio file from Dane and the rest is history…or is it? He kind of leaves it open.
Point being, as Storytellers, we’re sometimes fixated on having the story exist as WE see it. (I don’t want Marine Layer to dissolve!!) We want everything to go as planned. The truth is that the story exists without us. It’s simply our job to convey that reality to the viewer.
In this case, it caused this video to go from a series finale that fizzled out, to newsworthy. Everyone wants to know what’s happening with Marine Layer/Dane and because we were open to change, Dane gave us something that no one else was able to get.